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New Zealand Classic Car - - Readers’ Writes -

As a long-time sub­scriber, I have to com­ment on an ar­ti­cle in the Be­hind the Garage Door sec­tion of the Au­gust is­sue. The Mini Cooper mini po­lice car was, as seen in the photo at­tached, pur­chased as one of four by the Dunedin City Coun­cil for use as pa­trol cars for its lo­cal-body traf­fic depart­ment. Two were fit­ted with a red light and speaker roof bar, and the other two kept mufti. Be­sides the four Minis and the col­lec­tion of mo­tor­bikes, there was a white Anglia van for use as load es­cort and the dog ranger and a Chrysler Valiant used by the chief traf­fic of­fi­cer, Percy Lunn.

The Minis were re­placed in the early 1970s by Dat­sun 1600s. Prior to the Min­istry of Trans­port tak­ing over all lo­cal-body traf­fic depart­ments, ev­ery lo­cal coun­cil had its own sep­a­rate traf­fic cops. In Auck­land, there would have been quite a few, Auck­land city, Mount Al­bert, Mount Wellington, etc.

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